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Nugget Company Joins UTSA Engineering Consortium

November, 2011

San Antonio-based manufacturer The Nugget Company and The University of Texas at San Antonio today jointly announce the manufacturer has joined the UTSA Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems (CAMLS), a consortium of interdisciplinary faculty members that partner with manufacturers around the world to improve production and solve other unique challenges brought on by changing market demands.

The Nugget Company produces an array of high quality lambskin products used in the production of footwear, shearling garments, western and English style saddles, and seat covers for both automobiles and airplanes. It also produces shearling for medical uses such as wheelchairs and bed under liners and for the production of paint rollers and applicator pads. While Nugget’s products are exported globally, the company offers custom tanning of deer and exotic game for hunters throughout Texas and the U.S.

Over the next two years, CAMLS will work with The Nugget Co. to improve its wastewater treatment processes and to reduce the amount of water the manufacturer uses to produce its sheep and lambskin products. The company’s executives decided to partner with CAMLS, led by F. Frank Chen, UTSA’s Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair Manufacturing and CAMLS director, and have launched projects led by Heather Shipley, assistant professor of civil engineering, and Hung-Da Wan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

“The depth of knowledge and collective resources available at UTSA supplementing lean technologies are exceptional, providing us a comprehensive package of assistance,” said J. Michael Wheeler, president of The Nugget Company.

The UTSA Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems was established in 2007 to serve manufacturers in the United States and abroad. The center offers a variety of membership levels to meet manufacturers’ unique needs and specializes in research and development, expertise and training in lean manufacturing and six-sigma, supply chain and logistics engineering, warehouse systems, automatic technologies, advanced sensors and robotics.

To learn more about the center, visit or contact Frank Chen at (210) 458-5382 or


The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.


UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. For more information, visit


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